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Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, PDA

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Don't doubt that Ian Somerhalder reads his Instagram comments.

Need proof? Over the weekend, the Vampire Diaries actor wrote a lengthy comment of his own after two people used his profile as a forum to bash his girlfriend, Twilight actress Nikki Reed. "You HATE NIKKI REED? Really? Do you know her? Hmmmm, I'm not sure that you do. Look on her Instagram feed or twitter and all you will see is a compassionate and beautiful human being," Somerhalder, 35, wrote. "Please put your negative energy elsewhere. You don't even know the person you're talking about."

Assuming the internet trolls were his fans, Somerhalder asked the women, "Do you care about me? Ask yourself that question. What's the answer? Is it yes? If it is—then please be happy for me. Stop this nonsense—you're spreading horrible energy into the world," he wrote. "Do some research of the person you say sucks or you HATE. You'll find that she's a magical person doing great things in the world."

Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, PDA

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Somerhalder concluded, "I'm sickened and saddened by the fans' response to all this. Many fans have stood up people like you and tried to empower you with some compassion. If we all thought a little or [learned] a little about people before we spoke about them, the world wouldn't be so upside down and in the worst place in history. If you hate Nikki then you must hate me...That's sad. Have an amazing day!"

The drama didn't ruin the stars' weekend, however, as they went on a PDA parade in Venice, Calif. As Somerhalder told E! News last month, "I couldn't be happier if I tried."